Two men are living together in a single tiny room. They have ingenuously solved the problem of lack of space. All the furniture has multiple functions: the bed doubles as a piano and the bookcase serves as a fridge. And to compensate for the absence of a woman, the pair create a mechanical cleaning lady. But it soon becomes clear that she has no intention of quietly going about her chores. This doll has opinions of her own. Tensions mount, and the room starts getting smaller and smaller. The men’s latest invention may be their downfall.
Jakop Ahlbom won the 2012 VSCD Mime Award at the Dutch Theatre Festival for Lebensraum. Silke Hundertmark, who plays the doll in Lebensraum, made history by being the first actress in a nonspeaking part to be nominated for the prestigious Colombina award.
From the jury’s report: ‘Jakop Ahlbom has proven once again that his approach to merging styles produces beautiful drama. He knows exactly how to blend all these elements to create a surprising, estranging, moving and overpoweringly funny work of art. Lebensraum is a valuable step in the impressive oeuvre that Jakop Ahlbom had built up over the past decade.’
Director and concept: Jakop Ahlbom
Performers: Reinier Schimmel, Jakop Ahlbom/Yannick Greweldinger, Silke Hundertmark, Leonard Lucieer, Ralph Mulder/Empee Holwerda
Music: Alamo Race Track
Set design: Douwe Hibma and Jakop Ahlbom
Dramaturge: Judith Wendel
Lighting Design: Yuri Schreuders
Technicians: Tom Vollebregt, Yuri Schreuders, Allard Vonk, and Michel van der Weijden
Special props: Rob Hillenbrink
Make-up: Anabel Urquijo Claveria
Marketing: Janko Duinker
Production management: Sarah Faye van der Ploeg
Management and sales: Marc Pil